22
May
2017

No recourse even from Tim Cook, so Looking hard at HP, Dell and Lenovo

Well the fragility of MacBook Pros has me looking for new laptop recommendations. I by the way did tweet to #tim_cook and apples executive support tram responded awesomely fast.  The main news is that there is no recourse from what level 2 tech support says through that channel. Warranty decisions are made at the descretion […]

17
May
2017

MacBook Pros 2016 are super fragile screens beware of buying them

Ok, I’ve had three cases now of MacBook Pro 2016 which have screen cracks from things that is should not. The repair cost is $700 and they will not cover it under AppleCare Closing your laptop on an Ethernet adapter. This will totally crack your screen and this is called accidental damage. Closing your laptop […]

14
May
2017

Yakima jetstream vs whispbar

Man I’m sure sad Yakima is discontinuing the whispbar. More expensive and not as strong but they really are totally silent and have essentially no impact on gas mileage.  We have whispbar on a 2013 Honda Fit and it is terrific. We have the new jetstream on a 2016 fit and it’s super noisy. May […]

13
May
2017

Programming your Di2 shifters and getting cog information

A zillion years ago, the old Campy computer told you what gear you were in. How much work is it to get back to that. Also Shimano is introducing synchronized shifting. That is, one shift and the bike computer decides when to move the front derailleur. Pretty handy. But getting it on an existing bike […]

13
May
2017

Drone insurance, tracking and accessories

Well, I think that keeping a drone investment safe is pretty important, so for about 30% of the cost of a drone, here is what you can do: Insurance $99 DJI Refresh. This is like Applecare, you buy at the DJI Store and then within 48 hours of activation type in your drone serial number. […]

13
May
2017

Corsair power cables and Yakima SKS locks

OK more strange accessories: Be careful when you plug a modular connector into a power supply. There isn’t a standard. So if you lose the bag of connectors, don’t just find a random one. It is expensive to buy replacement cables ($50 for cables when the power supply is $120 feels like highway robbery), but […]

12
May
2017

Reflections on customer service and gig economy

Well the gig or outsource economy is in full swing and since it is impossible not to interact with it, I thought I’d note the last three and make some observations: Buying with e-certificates at Lowe’s. This shows why competing with Amazon is so hard. They offer huge discounts vs Amazon. Beside free shipping, if […]

12
May
2017

Price Protection and Extended Warranty

Ok for the truly nerdy, did you know that if you sign up for earny.co it will track your purchases and if you have a chase or Citibank card, it will take a 25% commission, but will automatically handle the refund process. A pretty good deal. If you want to do it manually, then Chase, […]

12
May
2017

Mountain Hardware delight

OK, for a long time this was one of my favorite brands, but then they bulked out and got less athletic, so I don’t normally buy their stuff anymore, but if you are lucky enough to have a discount on them, here are the best things in their line: Mens’ Stretch Ozonic. The best thing […]

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